Stuart Redding’s TV Tenner Saturday tips – Saturday 12th March

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This weekend is the relative calm before next week’s Cheltenham storm but there are still some interesting races to get our teeth into, with Sandown staging their historic Imperial Cup card. 

Whether you back the winner of the EBF Final or not, keep a close eye on it because it is full of horses who can make their mark at a higher level next season. THUNDER ROCK is the one I most like for today though. He wasn’t fully extended when completing a hat-trick last time out and this is a race that connections have been targeting for some time. 

With 22-runners in the Imperial Cup, some bookies are sure to offer enhanced each-way terms so I’m tempted to back a couple. SAMARRIVE is my main hope. Paul Nicholls’ gelding flopped at Ascot when last seen in December but connections have given him plenty of time to recover and he looked capable of winning more races when scoring easily over this course and distance two starts back. LEBOWSKI is also worth a small bet at a big price. He lost his action when pulled up behind Jonbon at Haydock in January but looked a good prospect in two previous novice hurdles, particularly when making all at Ayr in November. He has a nice weight for this handicap debut.

MULLENBEG is understandably a hot favourite for the Mares’ Bumper. She has won both starts in this sphere and showed a good change of gear to win a similar contest at Cheltenham last time out. She goes on all sorts of ground so Friday’s rain shouldn’t cause her any problems. 

DANNY KIRWAN has taken a while to get the hang of fences but he put it all together when connections added cheekpieces at Wincanton last time out. He is prone to the odd mistake but he’ll be very hard to reel in if allowed to dictate at his own tempo in this company. 

The second televised meeting comes from Wolverhampton, and I think FULL AUTHORITY is a fascinating contender in their opening 6f handicap. He achieved very little in three runs for Richard Fahey last summer but had some decent form in his youth, with a win over this course and distance in October 2020 a career best. I would like to see a bit of market confidence before getting too stuck in, but his new owners might have picked up a bargain if Jane Chapple-Hyam has managed to work her magic on him. 

It is hard to look beyond LA TIHATY in the Lincoln Trial. Roger Varian’s colt has got better with each run so far and made it four successive victories at Kempton last time out, beating Misty Grey by 2¼l. Connections have wisely employed Saffie Osborne and her handy 5lb allowance to partially offset a hike in the weights. 

A big run from La Tihaty would enhance the claims of Misty Grey in the following Listed race but I still favour VOLATILE ANALYST at a likely each-way price. He has done much of his racing on turf but produced a career best in just his third All Weather start here in January, where he outclassed his rivals despite carrying a big weight. 


1.31 Wolverhampton: Full Authority 50p each-way

1.50 Sandown: Thunder Rock £1 win

2.05 Wolverhampton: La Tihaty £1 win

2.25 Sandown: Samarrive £1 each-way and Lebowski 50p each-way

2.40 Wolverhampton: Volatile Analyst £1 each-way

3.00 Sandown: Mullenbeg £1 win

3.35 Sandown: Danny Kirwan £1 win

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